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Project Runway 2, Week 3 | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Project Runway 2, Week 3

Manolo says, as the Laura K has said about the third week of the Project Runway, it was the wreck of the train.

It has been obvious from the beginning of the season that the Daniel Franco he would have to be shuffled off the stage somewhat quickly. He has the talent for the tailoring, but he does not have the major talent for the design, and so off he was shuffled.

However, last night, the poor Daniel he also got the shafting by the producers of the show. His collection it was not bad (somewhat Joan Crawford, as the genius Tim noted) and he behaved in the most honorable manner, one worthy of respect and applause.

By the comparison, the Santino with his ridiculous “Spring Time for Hitler” collection, and his big, giant, whiney, titty baby hissy fits, he deserved to be out, so out that he should never again be allowed to pick up the needle and the thread.

But, of the course, as everyone knows, the Santino he is the “good” television, and his personality defects produce conflicts: conflicts with the other contestants, conflicts with the judges, conflicts with the blameless Tim Gunn, conflicts with the production staff, and presumably conflicts with the random passers by on the street. And the “reality” television it thrives on the ridiculous and needless conflicts, so the producers they allowed the Santino to stay on the show for at least one more week, so that he may continue to antagonize others for the benefit of the viewing public.

Normally, the Manolo he could live with this devil’s bargain, but this week it was too much, it was the clear miscarriage of the justice.

P.S. One of the Manolo’s internet friends has corrected the Manolo. It was the Joan Collins, not the Joan Crawford, to which the Tim had made the comparison.

23 Responses to “Project Runway 2, Week 3”

  1. Le Retrosessuale December 22, 2005 at 2:02 pm #

    Signore Manolo, the ladies of the Shangri Law will take on your cause pro bono!

  2. good peasant stock December 22, 2005 at 2:23 pm #

    You are so right–it was a truly horrendous decision to overlook the gigantic, greasy Santino’s behavior on top of his truly horrific, sucking-up design vision. He so deserved to be sent to his room without supper or to stand in the corner with his nose pressed against the chalk circle. Eww, nasty, nasty man.

  3. daisy December 22, 2005 at 2:32 pm #

    I agree with you wholeheartedly, and I will even do you one better on the conspiracy angle. Because I think it was at the very least suspicious that three of the four team leaders chosen were the people least likely to lead well, and most likely to create the tv-friendly drama. Diana (who I adore, because we nerd-girls must stick together) is the youngest and least adept communicator, Daniel is the overzealous perfectionist who accepts no input from others, and Santino’s personality problems are well described above. None of their concepts were that exceptional (Undies with ‘auf wiedersehen’ on the bum? Don’t they sell those at Hot Topic?), and you’ll notice that we didn’t get much of a look at any of the designs that weren’t selected.
    (Is this too much thought to put into a tv show? Perhaps. But I wasn’t going to get anything done today anyway.)

  4. good peasant stock December 22, 2005 at 2:40 pm #

    You are so right–it was a truly horrendous decision to overlook the gigantic, greasy Santino’s behavior on top of his truly horrific, sucking-up design vision. He so deserved to be sent to his room without supper or to stand in the corner with his nose pressed against the chalk circle. Eww, nasty, nasty man.

  5. furlagirl December 22, 2005 at 2:44 pm #

    Since I have no access to this, whatever it is, I wonder what the Manolo thinks of the heavily advertised death of the kitten heel which is soon to go the way of the bootcut jeans and the low rise pants into ‘I can’t wear that, it’s so four seaons ago.’

  6. marsha December 22, 2005 at 3:00 pm #

    I completely agree but then that’s what most reality tv is. The best isn’t always the last contestant standing, but the one who can bring in the best ratings. This is the first season of project runway I have actually watched. It’s interesting so far. I’ll watch a few more episodes and see how I like it over all.

  7. Oh Navel December 22, 2005 at 4:39 pm #

    Oh Navel sighs, OH Santino SHUT UP!

  8. Gigolo Kitty December 22, 2005 at 4:47 pm #

    I can’t believe Santino’s disgusting remark about the women in the Diana team never having sex. I could deal with his ego but his skanky greasiness is just unstomachable. And someone PLEASE take away his beads and trim! There is just much of vaudeville whorehouse that a person can take in a design.

  9. Shoes? For ME??!! December 22, 2005 at 5:12 pm #

    Santino was rude, disrespectful and self centered from the start. However, Nielsen is king, so the greasy Santino shall prosper until close to the end. He will get his just exit when he is in the final 3, I predict. Until then, I shall cringe each wednsday evening as I paint my toe nails…

  10. Kristen December 22, 2005 at 5:47 pm #

    With all respect to Manolo, I believe Tim called Daniel’s outfits “very Joan COLLINS,” not Crawford.

    More Joan Crawford might have saved him. NO WIRE HANGERS!

  11. Manolo the Shoeblogger December 22, 2005 at 6:16 pm #

    Ayyyy! The Kristen, she is exactly correct! It was the Joan Collins, not the Joan Crawford that the divine Tim had referenced.

  12. The barb December 22, 2005 at 7:41 pm #

    I SO rooted for the “three geeks” as we referred to Diana’s team–never more so than after Santino’s comments on sex, etc…I actually pulled for them to WIN.

    Cannot agree more that Santino should have gone and don’t we all just know he never would have shown the same grace upon exiting that Daniel did…I’d buy his clothes just because HE has class…


  13. Anonymous December 23, 2005 at 2:07 am #

    Tim’s podcast tells us the SatanSatino rant went on for 90 minutes!!!

  14. La Zapatotista December 23, 2005 at 2:17 am #

    La Zapatotista feels bad for Daniel Franco. He was such a weenie last year, and showed much more promise in Season 2. He was still a bit annoying, yes, but he was much more palatable.

    And Santino! Aaargh!! Why is he such a kiss ass to Heidi and such a meanie to Nina Garcia? They share equal voting power, non?

    And does he not look like ugly Jesus?

  15. tinka December 23, 2005 at 12:37 pm #

    But the problem, it is in the contest structure in part. You are penalized for producing the bad, but not well-rewarded for the good. So the best strategy is to aim to be in the middle until the end. A+, A+, A+, F is worse than C, C, C, C.
    Does this seem likely to find the best designer?

    The Santino, the Nick and the Chloe appear to be far more competent than the others. Even if they produce one real dog. As Santino did. He got a pass for his past work, but this should be built into the contest. One win = half immunity or something.

    The Santino he will soon be spanked by the Tim Gunn. And they will never let him win.

  16. ushie December 23, 2005 at 1:46 pm #

    The Santino is the amazingly annoying man. If the Ushie were a gay man, she would sleep with the Lovely Klum before the Annoying Santino.

    And Daniel’s design’s were quite pretty, in a Black Widow way.

  17. The Scarlett December 23, 2005 at 2:11 pm #

    Santino will stay much longer. He is talented and his nastiness makes for good television … think Wendy Pepper. But, Ayyyyyyy! I can’t imagine a 90 minute rant or that anyone would tolerate it. In my opinion, no one won that challenge.

  18. Robyn December 23, 2005 at 6:07 pm #

    I agree with “tinka”-Santino’s Springtime for Hilter look sucked ass, but it also could have been mid-90’s Betsy Johnson. Every other thing he’s done has been great, both design and construction. I think their team also suffered because the menswear guy cannot sew well. They should all be able to pattern, cut and sew.

    I’m so glad to see that Daniel gone. He can draw pretty pictures, and create something beautiful given enough time and resources, but those black widow shmatas were all the same. At least Santino’s three craptaculars were all different. Plus, Daniel drove his teammates insane with his make it/change it/make it/change it. He will never be able to ever hire anyone to work for him that ever saw this show. Beware the designer with the high assistant turnover!

  19. Elin Wilder December 24, 2005 at 7:49 am #

    Once again the lowest common denominator is celebrated… Can’t we just once applaud the contestant with character & class, rather than the self righteous whiny finger pointer? What is so great about Santino’s designs anyway — have the judges lost sight of what clothing is for? It’s to be worn!!! Santion’s designs were not only tasteless, but unwearable — and even worse they were tacky & screamed of that Sweet Charity number, “Gotta Have A Gimic!”
    And sadly, Daniel the perfectionist with integrity was tossed… Perhaps his designs were too similar, but as one of the other designers said, “It’s more important to be a good person, than a good designer.” I’m not sure that Santino is a good designer, but it was apparent that Daniel is a good person… if only we could learn to celebrate that.

  20. knoxgirl December 27, 2005 at 5:56 pm #

    Santino is gross & greazy.

    However: not surprised they kept him. I liked his first outfit, but he keeps doing that bunching thing over and over again. Could he be a one-trick assho–, I mean, pony?

  21. Kimberly December 30, 2005 at 1:16 am #

    Here’s a link to Santino’s myspace. Worth taking a look if only to check out his bizarre pics.


    and I agree that Daniel was totally robbed.

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    heavily advertised death of the kitten heel – Oh no! Say it isn’t so.

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